Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Highline & Chelsea Market

Downtown Manhattan is a real treasure, packed full of little gems. I worked in Soho and everyday I'd find a new restaurant or boutique and fall in love. Greenwich village has the best breakfast spots and cafes, the East Village the quirkiest shops, Tribeca is just so cute and cobbley whilst Wall Street couldn't be more like in the movies. I love all the little areas but my heart lies with Chelsea.

Soooo, I couldn't let these stations go by...

First Stop: The Highline

The Highline is a converted railway, which over the years has become a scenic walkway, popular among tourists and locals. With beautiful and immaculately kept public seating, vibrant greenery and a smattering of cute pop up eateries, making it one of my favourite places in NY!

The Highline will also spoil you with its public art, railway track remnants and number of spots to read and sunbathe. It extends from 14th to 30th (between 10th and 11th ave.) In it's entirety it is completely different to anything I have ever experienced.

Mum and I wandered along the Highline in the late afternoon, splashed our feet in the fresh flow of running water (I'd keep your sandals on though verukas!)

Although the food trucks on the Highline are great, the real treats lies just below (at 15th and 10th ave).


Chelsea Market is an enclosed food concourse. Packed full of every gourmet food you could ever think of and every type of cuisine. Go hungry and leave bursting. A huge fresh fish shop serving every type of sashimi and the hugest lobsters you have ever seen. Amy's Bread which I'm convinced is an Italian import as well as some weird bizarre treats, you have to be adventurous - try the chocolate fried ravioli from the big fresh pasta shop and some crazy vegan sushi.

The jams, chutneys and homemade sauces are delicious and it's the easiest place to find a few gifts that don't have NYC plastered all over them, even if they are for yourself!

And if your just fancying a browse It's great to walk around with the urban, rustic decor and a definite feeling of history going on.

And don't leave without throwing a penny into the wishing well!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Summer in NYC

Central park is a complete retreat from the noisy avenues of Manhattan. Many people who visit the city don't go or explore the parks full potential. It's as big as it is beautiful.

My mum came to visit a few weeks ago and it was the one place I couldn't wait to take her. She's been to New York before and hadn't stepped foot in the park.

We entered at 77th street East where stands many horses and carriages. Thinking the horse ride would be a pretty penny we were close to jumping on, before my mum asked and was told $80 for 10 minutes - oh the price issues of the city (beware).

However, walking is utterly stunning.

We strolled round the park over bridges and past fountains and lakes. Although there are thousands of people in the park a day there are definitely nooks and crannies and you can find a romantic hideaway (look for the big rocks).

And through the trees.

Until we came to Bethesda Arcade to reenact the gossip girl finale with Chuck and Blair. It really is breathtaking and constantly filled with song as musicians perform music that echoes as it bounces off the tiles.

We stopped for brunch at Loeb Boathouse - situated right at the edge of the lake.

Mum ordered an omelette which wasn't great, so I shared with her sympathetically - I guess I was brought up well. Chollah French Toast with caremelized bananas and berries. The sweet breakfasts are definitely better then the savoury over here, they don't do a Full English like the English!

Right outside the boathouse sits an array of little wooden boats, we hopped on and attempted to row round the lake.

Catching a few ways and giggling as we attempted to use the oars before giving up. I went on a sailing trip quite a few years ago in France and I was in the water more then on the boat so I have no hope!

Before heading off shopping and for linner we wondered across to the conservatory. I stumbled across the pond on my first day and shrieked when I realised it was in Stuart Little.

We had a wonderful day, laughed non-stop, skipped and held hands. I think people thought we were crazy at first.

After soaking eachother and having a water fight - ish we were both begging to be drenched. I think my mum felt like a kid again. So cheers, to being forever young.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Going Bananas

Today I woke up at noon after having only a few hours sleep due to a crazy night club hopping in the Meatpacking district. I was walking towards Todd English on Fifth for some caffeine and carbs.

Until a sign stopped me, one just couldn't say no to this. With nobody to tell me that pudding is not a supplement for brunch I was straight through the doors.

I asked the for a taster and it came beautifully wrapped in a little brown paper box. The bakery was extremely cute - pastel decor complemented by the smell of freshly baked cupcakes.

I decided the fresh air would do me good and perched by the fountain on 8th and 50th (right outside).

Now, eyes on the prize...

So, when I first opened it my heart sunk a little. It looked like ice-cream. But no, no, no. Too soon to judge. It was room temperature, and the only way I can describe it is a combination of the best banoffee pie and bread and butter pudding you've ever tasted.
*Can you hear the angels singing?*

Fresh cream, soft bananas, bits of sponge cake, caramel and just pure goodness. Who cares what even went in to it. 

Tips, go and go alone. There is no sharing, there is no talking.

P.S The Magnolia Bakery in the West Village is the one in Sex and the City! (I'm going tomorrow)

A recipe for y'all who can't get your hands on this.

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